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Bringing Up Geeks

Paperback|Jul 2008
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Columnist, author and mother Hicks (The Perfect World Inside My Minivan) reminds us that raising children, difficult in itself, can become a Herculean task at odds with the world around us. Hicks explains how parents can protect their childrens innocence...


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Columnist, author and mother Hicks (The Perfect World Inside My Minivan) reminds us that raising children, difficult in itself, can become a Herculean task at odds with the world around us. Hicks explains how parents can protect their childrens innocence while teaching thoughtfulness, critical thinking skills, proper behavior and spirituality to better help them navigate childhood obstacles-peer pressure, pop culture and ubiquitous media input-and pave the road for healthy, engaged adulthood. Using stories and examples from her own life, Hicks sets out ten rules for parents to follow; in a curious turn of phrase, Hicks reclaims the childhood taunt "GEEK" by defining it as a "genuine, enthusiastic, empowered kid," and turns around several other concepts- "brainiac," "late bloomer," "sheltered," "homebody"-to find their true value. The ideal outcome is a child whos socially connected but immune to the negative effects of peer pressure, advertising and media. Hickss helpful, strident guide is conversational and at times humorous, encouraging assertive parenting and independent thinking (saying "no," disregarding other parents ideas), with action plans to implement, further advice drawn from experts and a copious resource list. Publishers Weekly "Marybeth Hicks reminds us that it is more important to be our children's parents than it is to be their friends. Her book is a go-to guide when its time to set limits on how much and what our children are exposed to in this world of celebrity, mass media and affluence." --Chris Hansen, Dateline NBC Correspondent & Author, To Catch a Predator: Protecting your kids from online enemies already in your home Every so often a book comes along that I tell my friends they absolutely must read Read this book, declare your status as a geek supporter or geek parent, and create a better life for your family This is the time for us to take back our childrens childhoods, and in doing so to claim our role as strong, protective parents. --Dr. Kimberly M. Thompson, Associate Professor and Director of the Kids Risk Project, Harvard School of Public Health Todays popular culture is robbing from an entire generation of children their most treasured possession the sweet innocence of youth. Bringing up Geeksis a breath of fresh air, and we owe Marybeth Hicks a debt of gratitude. Its required reading for any parent struggling to raise a child in a society thats lost its moral compass. --L. Brent Bozell, President, Media Research Center, and founder of the Parents Television Council "In an era when children are being systematically robbed of their childhood, Marybeth Hicks offers sound advice on how to let kids be kids and still grow up to be fulfilled, responsible, well-rounded adults. Bringing Up Geeksmakes more sense than anything Ive ever read on the subject of raising children." --Pat Sajak, father, husband and host of Wheel of Fortune "Marybeth Hicks writes with a keen eye and a mother's loving heart in this hilarious guide to raising a child you can actually take out in public without cringing. Brava to Marybeth and her original and comedic voice." --Adriana Trigiani, New York TimesBest-selling author "Bringing up Geeksis the most reassuring and valuable thing I have read concerning my most important job...being a parent. I want to raise my kids to embrace the right values, and not to simply seek out the cool route. I want them to have the confidence and conviction to follow their hearts and recognize what is truly important to them. Bringing up Geeksbrings real clarity to a complicated process." Jay Bilas, Husband, father, lawyer and ESPN basketball analyst "Let's cut to the chase: Every parent in America should own and read this book. Pa
-Publisher


A breakthrough parenting book that redefines the meaning of ?geek??and inspires parents to free themselves and their kids from the ?culture of cool.?

In a world of superficial values, peer pressure, and out-of-control consumerism, the world needs more GEEKs: Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids. Today's ?culture of cool? has changed the way kids grow up. Rather than enjoying innocent childhoods while developing strong, authentic characters, today's kids can become cynical?even jaded?as they absorb the dangerous messages and harmful influences of a dominant popular culture that encourages materialism, high-risk behaviors, and a state of pseudo-adulthood.

Author and mother of four Marybeth Hicks suggests an alternative: bringing up geeks. In this groundbreaking book, she shows parents how they can help their children gain the enthusiasm to pursue their passions, not just the latest fashions; the confidence to resist peer pressure and destructive behaviors; the love of learning that helps them excel at school and in life; and the maturity to value family as well as friends, as well as make good moral decisions.

With a foundation like that, kids will grow up to be the coolest adults.



-Publisher

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Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the weekly family columnist for "The Washington Times" and is a frequent speaker on parenting in todayas culture. Her first book was "The Perfect World Inside My Minivan: One Momas Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia," She lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children.

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